We recycle all these materials, and more
Cups of all types
Lids of all types
Sleeves of all types
Syrup bottles (no pumps)
Takeaway containers (cleaned)
Wood stir sticks
Granola bar wrappers
On-demand recycling, funded by an eco fee
We collect waste from your coffee shop via carbon-neutral courier, in our reusable shipping bags, from any zip or postal code. We bring them to our North American facilities to process the materials. Our cup eco fee means that your business is never out of pocket, and is earning 5¢ per cup.
Free with any subscription
- Get listed on our Green Cafe Shop Locator
- Receive social media marketing share-ables to let your customers know you recycle with Perk Eco.
Complimentary recycling starter kit
- Contains point-of-sale signage, table talkers, and a door decal to advertise that you're a green coffee shop.
- Free bin labels, so your customers and baristas know how to stack cups & lids, and sort materials.
Am I locked in to a subscription?
No. You can reduce your service, pause service, or cancel at any time, simply by logging into your account. We're here when you need us.
Why is this a subscription basis? Can't I just buy what I need?
Because coffee shops on the Perk Eco program charge an eco fee on each single use cup sold, and we list each business publicly on our green cafe directory, we ensure that the materials are actually getting recycled, for true accountability. We do this by shipping your desired number of recycling shipping containers each month. You may adjust the quantity (and your billing amount) at any time. You are always in full control of your subscription and billing.
Do you really recycle all cups?
Yes; even your competitors’ cups! A small amount is recycled on-site, into beautiful, enduring products such as decorative tiles. We send the remainder to North American paper mills to be made into new consumer products. Be sure to display our door decal that invites new green-minded customers to bring the competitor’s empty cups to YOU to be recycled. They'll be most grateful, and most often grab a fresh cup while they are there :)
Is it environmentally friendly to be shipping waste across North America?
If you recycle now, chances are your recycling is being sorted here in North America, but shipped overseas for processing. Your landfill materials also may have quite a journey to make from the dumpster to their forever home as well, unless your landfill is located in your community.
We use carbon offset couriers, and we plant one tree for every shipment. This means choosing us to collect your materials is a net benefit to our beautiful shared planet. Even if we DID ship the waste right around the world, this study has confirmed that the carbon footprint of recycling is significantly less than landfilling and having to extract/grow new virgin materials from our precious shared planet. Just imagine the impact of clearcutting a forest and shipping logs across the world to be produced into paper goods (and then shipped back to us)… Or all of the resources that go into mining aluminum and manufacturing/transporting it, only to be used once and then sent to live forever in a landfill. Let’s keep our finite resources out of landfill and keep them in circulation!
What kind of material do you accept?
Cups of all kinds (paper, plastic, styrofoam)
Lids of all kinds
Containers (milk jugs, tetra packs, cans, all plastic, glass, pouches, syrup bottles, canisters, to-go containers, coffee bean bags)
Wood stir sticks, napkins, tea bags, paper, pastry bags, sugar packets,cup trays, muffin cups.
Have a material you're not sure about? Call us at 1 866 Perk Eco or chat with us using the icon on the bottom of this page!
How do I generate revenue from this program?
We firmly believe that you should not be out of pocket to be a green establishment. Acting for the good of the planet should be a win-win. When doing the right thing costs money, fewer people do it. We’ve flipped that on its head.
Our shared, point-of-purchase eco fee is built to serve you and pay for our services.
We teach you how to implement a small eco fee (15¢ to 25¢, depending on how many materials you wish to send us) on each single-use cup you serve. Customers may avoid this eco fee by choosing a ceramic mug or bringing their travel mug. 5¢ of each eco fee stays with you. You can use this to cover the cost of your staff’s time to packing the materials, or heck, maybe even treat yourself to some LED lightbulbs or upgrade to low-flow taps! The remaining 10-20 cents comes to Perk Eco to cover the entire cost of the program.
How do you guarantee that no material will ever be landfilled in your program?
When the waste gets to us, it is hand-sorted. A small amount is recycled on-site, into beautiful products you can purchase from us. Any material we receive that is not recyclable in North America (we know all the best recyclers, so that’s not much!) is sent to a Waste-to-Energy facility. We send less than 2% of our material to these facilities. They are state-of-the-art and exceed federal air quality standards, and use the materials as fuel stock to create energy which powers our homes and businesses. Our promise to you is Zero-to-Landfill.
How can I show my customers the difference we’re making?
The first change they will notice is the new, beautiful, clear labeling on your recycling bins. No more wondering what to recycle, what to landfill, where to pour excess liquid… no guessing! This also means less sorting for your team, and no leaky bags! We also provide you with point-of-purchase signage, table talkers, and a front door decal showcasing your switch to becoming a green establishment.
We weigh every shipment you send us. We send you an annual certificate that you can display proudly to your customers, stating how much waste your business diverted from landfill. We encourage you to use these audit-able statistics to apply for local environmental awards.
How do I separate the materials and ship them to you?
We make it simple. We provide recycling bin labels that make it crystal clear to your customers and staff how to separate the materials into each bin. You may also purchase our excess liquid receptacle (no more coffee in the bottom of your bags!), cup stacker, lid stacker, and other coffee-shop-specific recycling bins on our online store. At the end of the day, empty your sorted recycling into our collapsable, waterproof, reusable postage-paid shipping containers. Log in to book your UPS pick up on our website (pickup is often the same-day). Voila, you’re an eco-friendly business!